Category Archives: C+

Read one of these books only if you have some ulterior motive (e.g. you want to read everything a particular author has written, you received one of these books as a gift, etc.).


Suzanne Collins

After the events of Catching Fire, our 17-year-old heroine Katniss finds herself part of some rebel plot hatched by the supposedly destroyed District 13 to overthrow the evil Capitol…

The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon has a unique writing style that stretches the boundaries of grammaticality, at times. To me, it’s annoying, but since it’s unique, a given reader is just as likely to respond positively to it as negatively, so I’ll leave it at that…

Villa Incognito

Tom Robbins

I’m a big fan of Tom Robbins, but this, I’m sorry to say, is not his best effort. Unless you’re a fan of Tom Robbins, this is one to skip…

Ragged Dick

Horatio Alger, Jr.

Ragged Dick is quintessential Alger. Feel free to ignore everything else he ever wrote and read this one; it’ll give you the general idea…

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is essentially an adventure book: a grand “back to childhood” caper for adults that have lost the child inside them, and long for the innocence of a simpler time. Of course, this “simpler” time isn’t anything that any modern day adult has ever had…

Ethan Frome

Edith Wharton

Ethan Frome is about a man—Ethan Frome—who marries a woman whom, later on in life, he decides he doesn’t love. Thus, when he finds a younger, more attractive woman, he decides to cheat on his wife…

Feet of Clay

Terry Pratchett

Feet of Clay is about a golem that’s been instructed to carry out murders. It’s one of the many books that take place in Pratchett’s Discworld, a fantasy universe that’s a kind of parody of traditional fantasy universes…

Tender Is the Night

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tender Is the Night is extremely dark, and not very entertaining, in any sense of the word. It reads like something between a case study and a confession, which is perhaps what it was intended to be…

Across Five Aprils

Irene Hunt

Now, I’m not a big fan of the south, or the Civil War, for that matter, but in my opinion, Across Five Aprils is a great junior high book…

Out of the Silent Planet

C. S. Lewis

If you read this book during the summer, you won’t need an air conditioner. Why? Because the book will cover you with a layer of frost so imperceptible you’ll be embarrassed to admit to others that it’s there. But it will be, mark my words…!